8 New Restaurants to Try in and Around Boston Right Now

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A roundup of new restaurants that opened in Greater Boston this spring. Plus, share your own recommendations.

Veteran chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette opened Faccia Brutta and Bar Pallino on Newbury Street in May. Courtesy

Spring has seen the rise of exciting new restaurant openings in Greater Boston.

You can grab a drink around town at the nine-seat full-service cocktail bar that opened in the North End last month, enjoy fresh seafood and handmade pasta at a Somerville restaurant, or venture to Waltham for a coconut pandan and macaron ube. The launch of some of these new restaurants has been anticipated for some time while others may have opened under the radar. So we’ve put together a guide to eight of the most exciting new restaurants to open this spring.

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Bosso Ramen Tavern

This Japanese restaurant is inspired by the ocean and offers a new version of “izakaya”, a bar serving snacks, appetizers and drinks. Located in Harvard Square, Bosso Ramen Tavern is known for their delicious noodle bowls, but they also have a few other items on the menu, like sushi and black sesame ice cream. The space is modern and slightly upscale, while the staff go out of their way to make the experience immersive.

24 Holyoke Street, Cambridge

Emma’s macaroons

Located in Waltham, Emma’s Macarons is an Asian bakery named after the owner’s daughter. Colorful cookies are on display here, and you’ll find that each dessert is delicate and artisanal, inspired by French sweets. They offer some unique twists, with flavors like pandan coconut and ube, but they also offer classics like chocolate, lemon, and Earl Grey. The shop also offers other products, including cupcakes, caneles, and more.

248 Moody Street, Waltham

  • Faccia Brutta and Bar Pallino open this week on Newbury Street

  • Intimate cocktail bar Farmacia opens in the North End

Eva

This modern American restaurant opened on Newbury Street just in time for the Boston Marathon in April. With a large outdoor patio, Eva has a tropical feel and is an inviting place to sample any of their signature dishes, from spicy chicken piccata to scampi with prawns. You’ll also find other great options like Hawaiian pizza and braised short rib gnocchi. Order a cocktail, such as red sangria or rose negroni to accompany your meal.

279a Newbury Street, Boston

farmacia

A cocktail haunt in the North End, Farmacia is an intimate 512-foot space, with nine seats at the bar. The concept is unique – they inspired it from a medical apothecary and the menu is centered around a rotating location, spirit or ingredient. The bar is essentially a one-man show run by creator and bar manager Phillip Rolfe who “[crafts] cocktails made with house ingredients right in front of her guests for a highly personalized experience.”

5 North Square, Boston

Faccia Brutta and Bar Pallino

Two concepts by veteran chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette opened in May on Newbury Street: Faccia Brutta and Bar Pallino. Faccia Brutta serves dishes inspired by Italy’s coastal regions, including bucatini with prawns and pansotti stuffed with Swiss chard and ricotta. While you’re there, visit the nearby Bar Pallino downstairs, a wine bar that also offers a light menu.

276-278 Newbury Street, Boston

Miznon

The Seaport now houses a restaurant serving Israeli street food. Miznon is part of chef Eyal Shani’s growing international culinary empire, along with three other branches of the same name in New York. In Boston, you’ll find pitas filled with ingredients like wild mushrooms, chickpeas or lamb kebab. On one plate, you can order a ratatouille, masabaha lima beans or a sweet potato dish. The space is modern and inspired by the idea of ​​a canteen.

107 Seaport Blvd, Boston

PLNT Burger

Spike Mendelsohn, a “Top Chef” alum, has opened Boston’s first location of PLNT Burger, a fast-casual spot, inside Whole Foods in the South End ink block development. At the restaurant, you can get a delicious burger that happens to be vegan and plant-based. Order a Baja Burger with guacamole, fried jalapeños and pepper-jack cheese, or try the Crispy Chik’n Sandwich, served on a potato bun. Top it off with crispy herb fries or sweet potato chips.

348 Harrison Avenue, Boston

Salt + Stone

This Assembly Row restaurant is Sean and Sue Olson’s first independent restaurant in the MidiCi chain. Here, you’ll find seafood platters and oysters, as well as flatbread pizzas and handmade pastas. You can choose to dig into a lobster roll, Cajun chicken sandwich, or fire-roasted salmon. The space has floor-to-ceiling windows and offers full-service alfresco dining on their covered patio.

463 Assembly Row, Somerville

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